Robert L. Clayton
CEO and Founder The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc. Partner Goldstein & McLintock LLLP
Robert L. Clayton focuses his practice in the areas of labor management relations, employment, sports, education, regulatory compliance and government affairs. Mr. Clayton serves as a trusted advisor to technology and energy companies on regulatory and legal matters in privacy and data protection. He routinely counsels clients in policy development and regulatory compliance under HIPAA and FERPA, COPPA with a focus on cloud provider services. His government affairs practice guides clients in understanding the regulatory framework and procurement policies of federal and state agencies with oversight for secondary and higher education and healthcare. Mr. Claytonprovides expert advice on the impact of proposed policy changes and FAQs to advance business objectives.
Mr. Clayton’s labor management practice focuses on representing corporations and public institutions in labor and employment litigation and in federal administrative proceedings. He is also a former trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Clayton has over 30 years’ experience in handling representation in NLRB representation and unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations in the healthcare, communications, transportation, construction, printing, gas utility, gaming and sports industries. His counseling experience has involved advising employers on union avoidance strategies, strike management plans, and union corporate campaign tactics. He also has substantial experience in handling EEOC discrimination cases.
His education practice concentrates on providing counsel to universities and secondary school districts on crisis management, labor relations, employment litigation, Title IV, VI, and IX, and NCAA compliance matters. Mr. Clayton has substantial experience conducting Title IX audits and providing NCAA and EEO compliance training for athletic departments. He is also experienced in admissions policies, campus security, and hiring diversity risk management. In 2004, Mr. Clayton was named the National Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Lawyer of the Year. In his sports law practice, he served as counsel to the National Basketball Players Association and National Football League Players Association. He has represented NCAA Division I and II universities in cases before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and Appeals Committee as lead counsel and has advised major universities across the country on Title IX gender equity compliance. In addition, Mr. Clayton provides labor audit and governmental relations advice in professional sports franchise acquisition. He provides counsel to sports marketing firms in the negotiation of broadcasting, licensing and corporate sponsorship agreements.
Prior to joining Goldstein & McClintock LLLP, Mr. Clayton was a partner with such law firms as Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, Jackson Lewis and Littler Mendelson. He is a former Associate Dean and Professor at Tulane Law School. Dean Clayton was the co-founder of the Sports Law Program and taught the Amateur Sports Law course, which covered Title IX and NCAA rules compliance. He also taught employment rights and international labor law. Mr. Clayton was a world ranked middle distance runner by Track & Field News and earned five- time All-Ivy and two-time All-ICAAAA honors in the 600, 1000 and 880. He was Captain of the 1972-73 Track Team at Harvard University and a school record holder in the indoor 880 yard run. He is a graduate of St. Albans School (Washington D.C.). Mr. Clayton was a five-time Washington Post All Metropolitan honoree and the scholastic area record holder in the 880. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Black Ice Project and the St. Albans Alumni Association and served as an inaugural member of the New Orleans Bowl Committee.
Mr. Clayton is a regular contributor to the University Business, Athletic Business, and Legal Issues in College Athletics and Sports Litigation Alert and has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law. He is frequently quoted in major newspapers across the country, including USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The Dallas Morning News, and The Times-Picayune, on a wide range of labor and sports law issues. Mr. Clayton is a nationally-recognized lecturer on diversity in higher education and is a frequent speaker at the annual conferences of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys, National Employment Law Council, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Professor MIT Sloan School of Management
Professor Ben Shields is a member of the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies technological change through the lens of sports. His current research explores how people and organizations in the sports industry use data analytics to guide strategy and decision making. He teaches a variety of courses and programs at MIT Sloan, including Analytics Management: Business Lessons from the Sports Data Revolution. He is the author or co-author of three books, The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High Performance Industry (Oxford University Press, 2015),The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace (McGraw-Hill, 2006)
and Social Media Management: Persuasion in Networked Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is the co-host and Executive Producer of “Counterpoints”, the sports analytics podcast from the MIT Sloan Management Review. He serves as Faculty Advisor to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He is also the Faculty Director of the Formula 1 Extreme Innovation Series with MIT Sloan Executive Education. Prior to MIT, he was the Director of Social Media and Marketing at ESPN, where he led the ESPN social media brand team from 2009-2014. He holds a B.S. and M.A. in Communication Studies, and a Ph.D. in Media, Technology, and Society, all from Northwestern University.
Linda Keene Solomon
President and CEO Linda Keene Solomon & Associates Former Principal Deloitte Consulting LLP
Ms. Solomon is a senior executive with 30 years of leadership, managerial, and board director experience serving the corporate, government, and non- profit sectors. She advises CEOs on growth strategies and leadership succession, designs global expansion initiatives, and delivers implementation results. Linda served on the Deloitte & Touche USA Board’s CEO Nominating Committee, led one of its market segments, and advised key international organizations
such as ExxonMobil, Monsanto, General Motors, and the U.S. State Department. During Deloitte’s federal business start-up effort, Linda led partners and staff to build two nine-figure businesses, as well as to successfully grow and scale a shrinking business to double its revenues and profits in two years. As a member of the executive team, she managed a $1.5B portfolio and 7000-person staff. She has been recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the USA’s "Top 25 Consultants" and featured in Women in Technology's debut book, "No One Path.” Ms. Solomon served as a Deloitte Office Managing Director and has personally mentored over 100 diverse professionals. Additionally, she has been recognized for designing innovative millennial retention strategies.
As a management consultant, Linda specialized in strategy and operations. In particular, she worked alongside many global organizations to help them design and implement enterprise-wide solutions to achieve seamless integration, operational efficiency, cost reduction, growth, and technology utilization goals. In addition to her client commitments, she led one of the first Deloitte pro-bono consulting projects for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America headquarters in Atlanta, GA. In 2016, Ms. Solomon embarked on a new path to pursue her lifelong passion of empowering at-risk youth and young adults. In particular, she has invested her time, talents, and treasure towards creating international, cross-cultural youth exchange opportunities and developing a new social impact model, STEMbiotic Communities, founded on cross-sector, collaborative partnership and impact at-scale principles. This model brings together corporate, academic, nonprofit, other community, and government knowledge and resources to close the gap between the $2 billion investment in S.T.E.M. and the millions of at-risk youth not connected to this investment (i.e., the thousands of existing S.T.E.M. educational and job preparation programs). Linda has served as a board director on nine corporate-related, nonprofit, and industry association boards to-date, including the boards of the Deloitte Foundation, American Red Cross NCR, Homeland Defense and Business Council, and TalentNomics, an organization dedicated to the professional and economic advancement of women operating in the United States and India. She recently published “Partnership – From the Stone Age to Tri-Sector Ecosystems” and speaks on various leadership and youth development topics. Ms. Solomon participates in various global leadership forums, including the U.S. Department of State’s Tri-Lateral Japan-S. Korea-U.S. women’s leadership forum. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Mathematics (University of Pennsylvania) and a master’s in business administration (New York University’s Stern School of Business). She has obtained supply chain and project management industry certifications and is part of a select group of leaders at Deloitte chosen to participate in its “Experienced Leadership” program.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel Baseball and Business Operations Washington Nationals Baseball Club
Damon Jones is Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Baseball & Business Operations to the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Jones oversees the Legal Department, is a member of the Baseball Operations Department, and has oversight of the Human Resources Department. Jones’ Baseball Operations work includes player contracts, salary arbitration, grievances, Basic Agreement and Major League Rules issues, and overall strategy. Jones works closely with every other department on deals, legal and business strategy, special projects, disputes, and other matters.
Jones is an alumnus of Harvard Law School, The Wharton School, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played Division I Baseball. He previously practiced at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, served as an inaugural law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, was a California State Senate Fellow, and was Adjunct Professor of “Sports and the Law” at Georgetown University Law Center.
Petrini & Associates, P.C. Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Microsoft Corporation
Julie Petrini currently focuses her practice on pro bono work in the civil legal aid, criminal justice and immigration fields. She is a 2018-19 Fellow with the Access to Justice Commission, where she is seeking to identify available federal funding for Massachusetts civil legal aid organizations. She is also working with the New England Innocence Project, investigating claims of actual innocence for habeas relief. In addition, Julie litigates immigration cases for Kids In Need of Defense
(KIND), and serves on KIND’s Boston Advisory Council. She has handled matters for the Clemency Project 2014 and the Massachusetts Equal Justice Fund, among other public interest organizations.
Outside the sphere of law, Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of Sports Analytics Club Program (SACP), an organization that encourages high schoolers to discover the power of data analytics in the context of their favorite sport. She also volunteers at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and in the second grade at Southern Pines Primary School in North Carolina.
Previously, Julie was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, where she led the commercial legal team for Microsoft North America. Julie and her team supported the United States and Canada businesses, spending much of their time with customers, partners and policy-makers explaining, evangelizing, and negotiating arrangements for Microsoft’s cloud offerings. She joined Microsoft from Skype, where Julie was Vice President and General Counsel-Operations, managing the commercial and intellectual property legal teams and helping to navigate the path to its acquisition by Microsoft. She was also Vice President and General Counsel–Operations at 3Com Corporation, and was Vice President and General Counsel of Polaroid Corporation. Julie started her career as a litigator at Katten, Muchin & Zavis in Chicago before moving to the Boston area to join Hale and Dorr.
Julie has spoken on local, national and international panels on topics ranging from intellectual property protection and regulatory issues in cloud computing to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She has also taught Trademark Law courses at Suffolk University School of Law. Julie has been recognized as a Leader in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and New England In-House. Julie is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, received her B.A. in English (cum laude) from Boston College and is admitted to practice in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois.
Retired Head of School Belmont Hill School Belmont, Massachusetts
Rick Melvoin served as Head of School at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA for 25 years, from 1993 to 2018. A 1973 graduate of Harvard College, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early American History from the University of Michigan, he began his career at Deerfield Academy, where over fifteen years he taught, coached, directed plays and served as History Department chair and Dean of Studies. He returned to Harvard in 1988 as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Lecturer in History and Literature. In 1993 was appointed Head at Belmont Hill. He is the author of New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield
(W.W. Norton, 1988), Chapel Talks (a compendium of talks from his years at Belmont Hill), and numerous essays on boys, education and school leadership. Active in the community, he has been a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, the Board of Trustees of The Winsor School, the Haverford School, and the Epiphany School, the Board of Directors of The Steppingstone Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves. He recently served as Board president of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and as president of The Headmasters Association. He and his wife Bunny, herself a long-time college advisor and teacher in independent schools, are especially proud of their daughters Sarah and Becca, both in the “family business” of education, and their four remarkable grandchildren.
George W. Haywood
Board Member – Denny’s Corporation Former Managing Director- Corporate Bond Trading Lehman Brothers, Inc.
George W. Haywood is a private investor in numerous public companies including: Denny’s, XM Satellite Radio, Martek Biosciences, Zix Corporation and AVI Biopharma (now Sarepta). Within these roles, Haywood has advised on a wide range of issues encompassing governance and setting strategy of the companies. Haywood has previously held leadership roles with the following: Moore Capital Management (1994 – 1998), Lehman Brothers, (1982 – 1994), Managing Director and
Proprietary Trader (1992- 1994), Managing Director, Head of Corporate Bond Trading (1989 – 1992) and Corporate Bond Trader (1982 – 1989).
Haywood has held a number of positions with a variety of non-profit organizations such as St. Albans School, New School University, Mannes College of Music, Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Poly Prep School and was a former member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard College.
Haywood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Harvard College and attended Harvard Law School.
Former Vice President for Player Programs Washington Wizards
Tapscott received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from American University Washington College of Law. He was an assistant to Gary Williams at American University in the 1970s while a law student, and took over head coaching duties in 1982. By the time Tapscott left American in 1990 to finally use his J.D. as director of team sports for Advantage International (a sports marketing and management firm), he was the coach with the 2nd highest winning percentage. He subsequently led the team to one of the program's biggest victories. On December 15, 1982, in his fifth game as coach Tapscott guided the Eagles to a 62-61 upset over its cross-town
rival Georgetown who were led by Patrick Ewing and ranked fifth in the nation. The game is also notable because the Washington Cardiovascular Institute had given the coach a portable heart monitor to wear during the game, with his heart rate jumping from a pregame rate of 68 to 130 to 170 in the second half. Tapscott almost scored another upset over a highly ranked Georgetown four years later but the Reggie Williams-led Hoyas held on 62-59 and Coach John Thompson dropped American University from its schedule thereafter.
An NBA executive level professional for years, Tapscott was the first employee hired to lead the Charlotte Bobcats as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer but resigned after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006.
Sports Analyst Former Associate ESPN Sports Analytics Team
Tiffany Kelly is a sports entrepreneur, analytics professional, and philanthropist. She is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Curastory, the first online marketplace connecting content curators to media buyers, and is the Co-Founder of Break the Love, a sports tech startup streamlining the recreational sports participation process through an on-demand ethos. Before making her leap into the world of startups, she joined ESPN Stats & Information Group as a Sports Analytics Associate, where she created ESPN’s College Football Fan Happiness Index. She was the first African-American analyst to join the team.
When people ask Tiffany Kelly to describe herself, she doesn’t hesitate to say that first and foremost she is a passionate idealist and visionary to her core -- a trait birthed from her parents, the Reverend Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Linda M. Kelly. Dr. Kelly, a University educator, philosopher, and theologian, helped raise Tiffany and her older brother Herman O. Kelly, III giving both lessons on the meaning of life and joy while Mrs. Kelly worked as a corporate analyst with a background in computer science and technology.
A product of the Louisiana private educational system, Tiffany Kelly attended an all-girls Catholic, college preparatory school St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to study Sport & Recreation Management, Statistics, and Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She grew more into her natural ability to lead by creating the first sports organization open to undergraduate students at NSU. Early in her college years, Ms. Kelly decided her true calling was eliminating the inequality and lack of gender and racial diversity within the sports industry, especially decision-makers at the top. She served as an analytics contributor for The Undefeated writing on her own experiences and the experiences of other minorities within sports analytics.
Tiffany Kelly has continued her diversity efforts by inspiring youth and women in STEM to use their gifts to change sports and sports tech for a better future. As a board member of the Sports Analytics Club Program (SACP) and high-profile ambassador of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN Initiative, she seeks to further this calling through sports analytics educational programs provided in inner city secondary schooling throughout the country, and mentoring middle school girls in STEM so they can then be the change
Founder & President, KB Capital
Ken Borkan is the Founder & President of early-stage sports & entertainment technology focused investment firm KB Capital. He is the former Director of Strategy, Operations & Research for the Phoenix Suns' Partnership group and served as a charter member of the NBA’s Analytics Advisory Board. Ken oversaw the organization’s Strategy & Operations team focusing on strategic projects, research, and streamlined best-in-class operations. Before integrating fully into Partnerships prior to ’16-17 season, Ken spent the previous four in the Suns Analytics group leading the team's non-ticket sales business analytics, heading up WNBA basketball analytics (2014-2016) and supporting Suns basketball analytics. Working in a centralized group, Ken was able to touch virtually every aspect of sports, from setting variable ticket prices and modeling sales to negotiating partnerships and demonstrating their ROI to analyzing pick & roll strategy and advising the scouting plans. On these topics among others, he has given guest lectures at conferences and universities across the country from California all the way to Florida.
While in Arizona, Ken also served on the board of the education-centric nonprofit Boys Hope Girls Hope. Prior to joining the Suns, Ken was a senior analyst for Capital One developing credit policy and optimizing line strategy. Originally from Miami, Ken graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with focuses in Marketing, Business Strategy, International Business, and Psychology. He is now a member of WashU’s Sports & Entertainment Business Advisory Council. Post-undergrad, he has also attended Harvard Business School Executive Education, completing the High Potentials Leadership Program as well as the Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports. More recently, he received his MBA as a Venture Fellow at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management focusing on Venture Capital, Entertainment Management, and Social Impact.